Leadership, Voice, and Power for Women in Academia


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  • Speaker: Rena Seltzer
  • Host Department: Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
  • Date: 03/12/2013
  • Time: 5:00PM - 7:30PM

  • Location: Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building

  • Description:

    Target audience: graduate students , post docs, professors and researchers

    Registration required at: https://secure.rackham.umich.edu/Events/wsreg.php?WsID=1204

    Dinner provided 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    Workshop 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm 

    Although leadership can be conferred through titles and roles, it is incumbent upon leaders to claim their authority. Even without official titles, those who speak and act powerfully can have great influence. Awareness of patterns of speech and the use of voice are tools that can be employed to build and maintain a powerful and respected presence in interactions with colleagues, advisors, students, and staff.

    This workshop will present findings by researchers who study issues of gender and language, and will provide participants the opportunity to practice speaking with greater power. Participants will:

    • Understand how speech patterns may be effective or ineffective depending upon the expectations and patterns of the person with whom one is interacting.
    • Learn to use statements of definitive fact to project confidence.
    • Assess voice qualities and consider the image projected by one’s voice.
    • Practice holding one’s ground while maintaining professional presence.

    Co-sponsored by Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and Rackham Graduate School

    Rena Seltzer is the president of Leader Academic Coaching and Training and specializes in work with academics and physicians. Her workshops combine well-researched information with fun, interactive activities and practical tools that participants remember and continue to employ long after the workshops are over.

    Rena has presented to groups including Yale University faculty members, the Cornell University Women of Color Roundtable, the University of Virginia Professors as Writers Program, Women in Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin faculty members, and the Women in Medicine annual conference.